The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was talking at an occasion on COP26, the worldwide climate change convention to be held in Glasgow, amid hypothesis he’ll take over the presidency.
Mr Gove, who got here in final minute to exchange sacked COP26 president Claire Perry ONeil, refused to affirm whether or not he would take on the function.
However he laid out what he mentioned have been the primary priorities for the UK main up the summit in November.
The UK has a moral responsibility to lead right here, as the primary nation on this planet to industrialise, he mentioned on the occasion organised by the Inexperienced Alliance. The nation that pioneered the Industrial Revolution – and due to this fact performed the most important function in powering the change in our climate that hydrocarbon extraction and burning has generated – has a responsibility to lead a inexperienced revolution as properly, to present that we perceive our responsibility, our debt to the planet and our debt to the remainder of the world.
Mr Gove additionally appeared to criticise the US and Brazil for his or her pushback on climate change insurance policies. Speaking in regards to the want to have interaction on an area degree, he mentioned: I shant point out any politicians by identify in a crucial style. Nonetheless, its vital in the US and Brazil that we recognise that there shall be folks at a state and metropolis degree who will play an important function.
The federal government has come beneath criticism for an absence of preparedness for the climate summit later this yr, which would be the greatest post-Brexit diplomatic take a look at for the nation.
That has included the sacking of Mrs Perry ONeill, who has mentioned Boris Johnson doesnt perceive the challenges of climate change.
Mr Gove, a former atmosphere secretary, has been extensively tipped because the almost certainly doable substitute. However on Tuesday he declined to commit, saying when requested if he wished the job: “I am very happy with the job that I have and I think there are many, many, many, many talented people who could do the job of COP President better than I could”.
International locations on the summit shall be anticipated to include new commitments to attain targets to limit warming to 1.5 levels. However the authorities has to date provide you with just one new coverage to meet its personal legally binding pledge to attain web zero by 2050 – the bringing ahead to 2035 of the ban on petrol, diesel and hybrid automobiles. Mr Gove mentioned different insurance policies can be forthcoming on transport, power and home constructing.